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Monkeys and Dog Days (Monkey Readers) Hardcover – August 5, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: Monkey Readers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374350299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374350291
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—This beginning reader features a suburban monkey family of four. Two brothers, Max and Pete, want a dog. Although their parents caution them that "a dog is a lot of work," the kids insist they are good workers. After researching the subject, the family makes a trip to the animal shelter, where they settle on Fudge. Both boys take on their new responsibility with enthusiasm until Pete becomes distracted by his friends. Soon, Fudge considers Max, who feeds, brushes, walks, and plays with her, her sole master. The older boy is chagrined and starts to perform his share of the chores again. The story, divided into four chapters, includes a sprinkling of fun facts about dogs and emphasizes important lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and cooperation. Muted pastel illustrations show the brothers and their new pet. Although the easy-to-read story and art are pleasant, Lori Ries's Aggie and Ben (Charlesbridge, 2006) has more expressive illustrations and humor.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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“The endearing characters and appealing plot will encourage [readers] to return to the monkey brothers again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The story, divided into four chapters, includes a sprinkling of fun facts about dogs and emphasizes important lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and cooperation.” —School Library Journal

“The storyline will not only keep a reader interested, but it will teach him or her a little something about responsibility.” —

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Max and Pete agree that their family needs a dog, and they do their best to show their parents they can handle the work involved in caring for such a pet. Convinced that their children are responsible enough to take proper care of a dog, Mom and Dad take them to the animal shelter, and they welcome Fudge into their lives. At first, the boys work diligently to feed, bathe, walk, play with, and clean up after Fudge. But once the excitement wears off, Pete starts getting distracted with other activities, leaving Max as the sole caregiver for the dog. Pete has to learn the hard way that there are consequences to neglecting his responsibilities.

Tucked inside this book is a simple lesson in economics related to tradeoffs and opportunity cost. Pete may enjoy doing his other activities instead of the chores, but he loses the affection of the dog. Max may grumble about having to do all the work, but he also enjoys the reward of a more devoted pet. This important message, the likeable characters, and the charming illustrations work well together to make Monkeys and Dog Days an appealing book for young readers.
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